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Ed West
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Over the summer of 2013 Egypt witnessed its worst anti-Christian violence in centuries, with dozens of churches burned down by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. In Syria Islamist gunmen occupy the faith’s holiest site, while the Civil War has given Sunni extremists the chance to empty Christian villages through ‘religious cleansing’. And ten years after the fall of Saddam, Iraq’s pre-war Christian population has fallen from a million to 200,000 and now barely clings on. Yet this greatest and most tragic of historical events of the 21st century has been met with near apathy in the West. In The Silence of Our Friends: The Extinction of Christianity in the Middle East, Spectator blogger and Catholic Herald deputy editor Ed West looks at the tragedy that has befallen Christian communities in the region where the faith first took hold, and asks whether there is anything the west can do, or if it will soon be the last Christmas in the land of St Paul.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDOF1DW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The New Holocaust 24 Dec. 2013
By Albanie
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Ignored by the mainstream media the systematic destruction of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East cries out for attention by all who care for human civilisation. It makes a harrowing and heartrending read. "Democratic" western governments and certain leaders past and present ought to feel shame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An under-reported tragedy 4 Feb. 2014
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We hear occasional reports of the more eye-catching attacks upon Christians in the Middle East, but this shows succinctly how much greater the problem is. For such a short book, it also does a pretty good job of giving a bit of historical context. Recent Western intervention has clearly exacerbated the situation, but may be accelerating an exodus that has been underway for a century. Thankfully, West doesn't neglect the persecution of other religious minorities in the region too. I'm ashamed to say that I didn't even know that 796 Yazidis had been killed in the second worst terrorist attack in history.

West tries to blame our ignorance on the Left's supposed domination of broadcast media, but our press hasn't shown much interest either. The demise of religious minorities throughout the Middle East is a tragedy unfolding before our eyes; or it would be if we were looking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story that needed telling 3 Mar. 2014
By patrice
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The plight of Christians in the Middle East is something that the Western media seem not to be very interested in and Ed West is to be congratulated on raising the issue in this fascinating book. The so called Arab Spring and the continuing conflict in Iraq have been disastrous for Christians and no one seems to want to talk about it - not even Western Christians. It is ironic that Western liberals can be so touchy about any perceived failure on our part to be sufficiently respectful of religious minorities in our countries (minorities who have the luxury of concerning themselves with hurt feelings) and so indifferent to the persecution and murder of Christians in the Middle East. If a non-Christian minority in a Christian country were being treated in this way, there would be outrage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis 2 Jan. 2014
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As a western Christian living in the Middle East, I can not speak highly enough about this book.

He has successfully captured all the main points using plain and frank language which makes it accessible to anyone.

Please read this - it is today's untold story.

Please read it and tell others in your churches what is going on.

Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An indictment of political correctness 9 April 2014
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A short, sharp read which highlights the hypocrisy and tendency of western Christendom to bend over backwards for Islam while ignoring the extinction of their faith in the Middle East at the hands of militant Islamism. As Mr West points out, a reluctance to defend their brothers and sisters in the Middle East will result in the Islamists escalating their militancy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book with a vital message 17 Feb. 2014
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Although distressing and even harrowing in parts, this book is a really necessary analysis of what has been occurring with Christians in the Biblical lands. Very well-informed and compassionate.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This book highlights the how the West turns a blind eye to its "friends" in order to placate those who are totally hostile to Western, democratic and secular values. Perhaps we have no alternative, but we should stop being hypocritical. It is excellently written, covers a wide span of Geography and time, and has lead me to rethink some of my underlying assumptions about global politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every one should read this book 20 Jan. 2014
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I found this book very interesting from begining to end. The big question is, why does the british media not tell people what is going on. By not telling about the way christians are being treated in the country,s of the arab spring the true outcome is being hidden
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3.0 out of 5 stars Important but more descriptive than explanatory
I salute Ed West for drawing attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East, but as a student of history in the area, I have reservations about his approach and handling... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Qaestor
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read. Will make Christians think about the future
Really good read. Will make Christians think about the future!!!!
Published 11 months ago by Veronica Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't want to write review this is why l will ...
Don't want to write review this is why l will not send off information about star ratings because you demand a review on every item and you want numerous words. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ann macfarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC ACCOMPLICES?
The BBC I believe should bear a lot of the responsibility for the near Genocide of Christians throughout the muslim world, they devote more airtime to the death of one muslim... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alfonzo Bloo
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking read
This book gives a real insight into the plight of Christians in the middle east. It is extremely well written but heart wrenching to read.
Published 13 months ago by Tess
5.0 out of 5 stars A potted history of persecution of Christians where they are...
I thoroughly recommend this book. I learned many things I did not know. West has an easy to read, flowing style.
Published 14 months ago by Marcella Carmen
3.0 out of 5 stars untold stories in our history
Although there is much in it I disagree with,
the book definitely highlight some of the dark periods in our history, I recommend reading it
Published 14 months ago by T. Gibreel
5.0 out of 5 stars A vital call to action for an uninterested world
An excellent overview of the conditions the Christians of the Middle East now find themselves in. Each story of persecutio be seen by the media as just another
Published 16 months ago by S. Boreham
1.0 out of 5 stars nnot a novel
I thought this book was a novel not a religious war adviser, I did not read passed the first chapter
Published 16 months ago by Dorothy Punshon
2.0 out of 5 stars Very imbalanced book
The problem with this book is that it ignores persecutions by Christians in the past for the most part. Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Wurm
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